11th Grade Writing Instructor

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity


Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
55 Exchange Place Suite 502
New York, NY, 10005



Job Type:



Part Time

Last Day to Apply:




Area of Focus:

Academic Support/Homework Help

Job Description:

SEO SCHOLARS is a free, eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college. During high school, SEO Scholars provides over 720 hours of rigorous English and math instruction after school, on Saturdays, and in the summers. SEO continues to work with its Scholars through college with comprehensive academic, personal and career support. Our results are unmatched in the education nonprofit sector: 100% of SEO Scholars are accepted to four-year colleges, with 95% graduation rates, compared to 21% of low-income students nationally. Learn more at www.seoscholars.org, www.facebook.com/SEOScholars
SEO Scholars guides students through the college application process, devoting significant time to the development of their personal statements. Writing Instructors teach writing classes that introduce our 11th Grade Scholars to personal statements as well as lead workshops and offer individualized writing coaching to help the Scholars craft strong drafts that can be further developed in 12th Grade. 
  • Focus on Instruction – All syllabi, lesson plans, and student handouts, are provided. Instructors will deliver lessons and workshops related to personal statements. SEO provides professional development, individual coaching, and opportunities to engage with other instructors in a collegial, inspiring environment that encourages reflection and growth.
  • Develop Students as Writers – Instructors coach students through their writing process of personal statements with the aim of developing students as writers. By participating in continual revision, peer review, and collaboration, students deepen their understanding of the writing process and increase their confidence as writers.
  • Provide Feedback – Instructors are responsible for thoroughly preparing to teach, providing individualized feedback on students’ writing, and upholding SEO Scholars policies and core teaching principles. Instructors work both in-person with scholars and remotely via Google Docs to provide feedback.
11th grade spring writing classes begin on Saturday, March 3rd, and end on Saturday, June 9th.  Classes meet approximately 2 Saturdays per month from 1:30-2:30 PM from March through April and 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM during May. June 9th is a special event from 9:30 AM – 12 PM.  During April and May, there may be weekday hours requested, typically Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.
Writing Instructors are compensated at a competitive hourly rate.
Please submit an application through our website: www.seoscholars.org/teach-with-us.
Qualified applicants will be asked to deliver a teaching demo.

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to the attention of Web: http://www.seoscholars.org/teach-with-us/

To the Attention of:

Kelly Leavitt

Required Skills/Experience:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, History, or a writing-intensive field
  • Experience working with high school-aged students and their writing process
  • Strong familiarity with college application processes
  • Proficiency using Google Drive
  • Demonstrated strength in critical reading, writing, and editing


  • To Hold Students to the Highest Possible Standard “There is no back row in SEO.” We are passionate about closing the achievement gap for first-generation and low-income students.  We recognize the privilege to work with some of the most inspiring students in NYC and refuse to settle for anything less than 100% student engagement.
  • To Be Impeccable in Word and Deed – We are dynamic, engaging leaders able to present SEO Scholars to a variety of audiences and stakeholders in a compelling and informative way, as well as to navigate difficult conversations providing honest, productive feedback to students and their families.
  • To Prioritize Collective Objective over Personal Need “It’s not about you. It’s about those who came before you and those who come after you.” We are a rapidly growing, data-driven organization always eager to add ambitious team members who want to make a lasting impact on our program.